Failure to Ask for Help: Student Helpers

When a student is having a hard time asking for help, sometimes fellow students can help. Use student helpers to assist students who are struggling but are not comfortable asking for help from you.


A common theme that I've seen in my classroom is that students often have an easier time asking their peers for help than asking me for help. For example, I had a student this past year who would never come up to me for help but as soon as I put her next to a good friend she was asking all sorts of questions about her writing, about her math, her reading. So it just goes to show how a good friend, or other students even, can act as a resource, as a mentor, as somebody that the student might be able to relate to more than the teacher.

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